When it comes to the Southern passing attack, one of the first names mentioned is wide receiver Lee Doss.
After all, Doss leads not only Southern, but the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference in receiving with 107.1 yards per game. He has five receiving touchdowns, tying him for the conference lead with teammate Willie Quinn and Prairie View wideout Deandre Cooper.
But Doss’ production of late has been minimized as defenses have shifted their focus on containing him.
After a three-game stretch that saw Doss haul in 24 passes for 442 yards and five scores, the senior has been held to 156 yards and no touchdowns in the Jaguars’ past two games.
“They’re really concentrating defensively on Doss,” co-offensive coordinator Chad Germany said. “He’s seeing double-teams a whole lot. We always have a goal to spread the ball around. We have a lot of other guys that may not be at the level of Doss at this point in their careers, but we have some guys that we need to make sure that we get the ball to.”
With much of the attention being placed on Doss, Southern has relied on other weapons to help alleviate the pressure.
Freshman Randall Menard and sophomore Justin Morgan combined to catch six passes for 64 yards last week against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
“Randall Menard and Justin Morgan are two guys that can make plays for us,” Germany said. “Those two work extremely hard. (They’re) two of the hardest-working guys in our program, both in the classroom and on the football field.
“To have the kind of weapons that we have that we can throw the ball to, it helps make my job easier.”
And with Alcorn State up next — the conference’s No. 1 pass defense and No. 3 overall in the country at 138.6 yards allowed per game — those other weapons may be called on more this week than any other time this season.
The Braves (6-2, 4-1) face Southern (4-3, 4-1) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for homecoming at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Last week in the Jaguars’ 29-21 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, offensive lineman Zach Brown and linebacker Javon Allen suffered leg injuries. Place-kicker Matt Hill suffered a hip-flexor injury during pregame warmups.
Southern coach Dawson Odums said all three players have a chance to play Saturday against Alcorn State.
“Brown will play,” Odums said. “We’ll see how Allen does on Wednesday. And Matt has no swelling, and he’s getting healthier day-by-day.”
Tickets are available during the week through the Southern ticket office from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The ticket office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, two hours earlier than regularly scheduled.
Tickets start at $15 for general admission and up to $40 for reserved seats on the west side of Mumford Stadium.
Fans can call the ticket office at (225) 771-3171.
Southern is asking fans to wear royal blue coloring for Saturday’s homecoming contest against Alcorn, as the game is being deemed as “Royal Flush” night.